Kate Beardsley is Co-Founder and General Partner at Hannah Grey VC, a leading venture capital firm that invests in early-stage startups. She started her career as a Chief of Staff to Martha Stewart and later worked for Ken Lerer, Co-founder of The Huffington Post, and became a founding member of Lerer Hippeau, NYC's most active seed fund. With years of experience in the tech industry and a keen eye for innovation, Kate has been instrumental in identifying and supporting some of the most promising startups in the market, including Warby Parker, Casper, Glossier, and Barkbox.
Katelyn Donnelly is the Managing Director of Avalanche VC. She co-founded Delivery Associates and grew the organization to 200+ employees. She also co-founded and served as the Managing Director for Pearson Ventures, a $65M venture fund for the largest textbook publisher in the world. Katelyn is a Kauffman Fellow, and has been named to the Corporate Venturing Power List, Forbes 30 Under 30, and Venture Capital Journal's 40 under 40 Rising Stars. She serves on Duke University's Learning Innovation Advisory Council and writes a newsletter called Declarative Statements.
Ron Fedkiw is a professor at Stanford University and a renowned expert in the field of computer graphics and computational physics. He has been recognized for his contributions to visual effects in film with two Academy Awards. His work has revolutionized the way special effects in movies are made, which has earned him a reputation as a pioneer in the industry.
David McGrath is the Founder and Headmaster of Paragon Prep, a renowned K-8 private school in Austin, Texas. Under his leadership, Paragon Prep earned a reputation for academic excellence and innovative teaching methods. Recently, the school was purchased by Spring Education Group, a leading education organization, cementing its place as one of the top schools in the region. He serves on the board of directors of the Texas Alliance of Accredited Public Schools.
Kapeesh Saraf is the former Head of Growth at Coursera, a leading online education platform. As an early employee, he was able to scale the team and was instrumental in expanding the platform's global reach, providing quality education to millions of learners. He is an expert in data-driven consumer and enterprise product development, having successfully launched and scaled multiple products, generating over $250M in annual revenue with strong user growth.